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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Help wanted: Need a “people person”, but computer software will decide your fate.

Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 5:16 PM
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  • A side note about age: According to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, but the expected tenure of the workforce's youngest employees is about half that.

    So what does that say about someone’s age and job performance? They don't think a 68 year old will live long enough to meet that average?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 13, 2017, at 5:40 PM
  • I have turned down numerous insurance offers and two that approached sales in a way that was distasteful to me. To them, it was a numbers game that you approach a certain number and get a percentage to sign.

    No service, no building customer rapport or trust, just get them to sign and move on. Today I questioned my interviewer how involved I would be with the customer after I signed them. She took pride is saying "none whatsoever, isn't that great?".

    No, it wasn't great to me. I had flashbacks of when I had a similar job in college pushing things on people they did not need. I quit that one and I ended today's interview right after I said my opinion. "Well if you change your mind", No I will not change my mind and please make a note on my application.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 25, 2017, at 5:16 PM
  • SIXTY Eight! They would not hire you if you were FIFTY eight.. Probably not even at FORTY eight. About the only people who are going to talk to you are the ones looking for con artists (as you have noted above)for sales jobs. Have you considered some of the seasonal employers? Altho the season is wrong, H&R Block can provide some supplementary income, and will provide training.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Apr 26, 2017, at 7:16 AM
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    The news is talking more and more about Robots doing the work of the people in the very near future, so maybe they are looking for Robots who have people skills. After all, the computer doing the interviews is a Robot with people skills.

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Apr 26, 2017, at 6:53 PM
  • Trust me Lazarus, you would not want me doing your taxes. :-)

    The average employee does not stay more than five years. I think I have that much in me.

    Another thing I noticed for these robots is to check your computer speeds. They do not want any remote employees who do not have a cable connection.

    The robot will check that too sui. I also am getting emails from reputable insurance companies that have one name on the incoming email but another name introducing themselves. The darn computer cannot even keep THAT straight. Good job.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 1, 2017, at 9:39 PM
  • My issue is that I interview for a job and they call back for me to come in that day.Even though I'm still employed at my current job.Another issue I have run into is the person who is interviewing me gets intimidated due to me being better qualified than they are.The restaurant industry is in shambles due to inefficiency,lack of common sense and poor leadership.Matters that could be solved by hiring experienced people,competent people and lastly those who have a desire to succeed.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Thu, May 11, 2017, at 3:19 PM
  • It is almost as if they don't read your application or resume isn't it? Another sign of shaky management but as you know the food service industry is tough on their people and burn through them quickly.

    Besides being intimidated, they probably also know that you will not be shy in giving your opinion or in challenging dumb decisions.

    My biggest battle was payroll. Tip credit is/was almost an oxymoron. Most of our rural towns are not known for tipping well so our service personnel were always struggling. When my service people did not tip producing work I kept would change them over to straight pay, but when the "numbers" came in at the end of the week, my payroll was out of balance to corporate expectations.

    I also wanted to see us keep the place clean, and ready for sudden business so I often scheduled "fatter" than they liked as well. Our other numbers improved so while they continued to gripe, they tolerated and promoted me.

    But again, the business is tough, so keeping a family or having a social life all seemed to center around the restaurant. It became a family. Sometimes a bit dysfunctional but after a part of your life.

    Just Monday I was walking into the dentist and a woman was looking at me with her head tilted, (so I tilted mine) and she said my name. For those of you who know, it was Doris. We were both happy to see each other and catch up on news.

    I don't know if Doris reads the blog, but it was great seeing you!

    Sorry, I digressed, but I would like to know who is still in the area and find out how they are doing. Maybe a reunion? Nah, just like High School, some of us probably figure we graduated and moved on.

    One of our other food service family member thought I was crazy and kidding to consider getting back into it and i was kidding, but this post has made me stop to think a little. Just a little. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 11, 2017, at 4:00 PM
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